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WHS Students Compete in “It’s Academic” Quiz Show on KFVE

WHS Students Compete in “It’s Academic” Quiz Show on KFVE

Alexander Bitter

Waiakea's 2012 "It's Academic" Team poses before a semi-final match. (From Left to Right): Katherine Torigoe, Mark Seu, and Patrick Peng.

its academic logoThis year, local television station KFVE will pit the state’s best and brightest high school students against each other in the first season of a quiz show called It’s Academic. Based on a Washington, D.C.-area quiz show of the same name, teams of three students from 27 public and private high schools across the state will compete against each other on state TV, answering questions that cover nearly every subject – be it history, geography, math, literature, or science – in a fast-paced buzzer format. Hosted by Honolulu radio personality Rick Hamada, It’s Academic Hawaii will serve as  “an academic showcase for our public and private high schools,  in the hopes of bringing the kind of acclaim generally reserved for football heroes to the arena of academic achievement” according to the KFVE website.

Representing Waiakea High in this competition are seniors Mark Seu, Patrick Peng, and Katherine Torigoe, with alternate Alexander Bitter. Their coach is Whitney Aragaki, one of Waiakea’s newest teachers, who teaches math and was profiled in an earlier Ka Leo article.

A new episode of It’s Academic Hawaii airs every Monday at 7:00 PM on KFVE The Home Team, with repeats the following Sunday at 6:30. Episodes are also available streaming live on the KFVE website. Waiakea High’s first appearance on the show will be on February 27th, 2012, when we face Hanalani School and McKinley High School. Tune in to catch the intense academic trivia action!


FULL DISCLOSURE: Alexander Bitter and Patrick Peng, who are members of the It’s Academic team, are also represented on the Ka Leo staff. We also know the result, but we’re not allowed to tell you until April 2, 2012, which is when the final episode airs.

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